What age do I have to be to become a Catholic priest in Ireland?
Canon Law – the universal law of the Catholic Church – states: The priesthood may be conferred only upon those who have completed their twenty-fifth year of age (Can. 1031 §1). Episcopal Conferences [the gathering of the bishops in a country] may issue a regulation which requires a later age for the priesthood (Can. 1031 §3).
25 years remains the minimum age for ordination in Ireland.
Most popular questions
- I feel I have a specific charism to youth outreach. Can I live this charism out as a priest, or must I follow the charism of the order I join?
- Why are there so many different religious orders?
- Are religious orders different from one another? If so, how are they different?
- What can I do as a priest that I cannot do as a layperson working for a charity or NGO?
- What if I change my mind about being a priest during training or things just don’t work out? How do I pick my life back up again?
- I read stories of religious communities merging or closing down. Are religious organisations dying out?
- Do religious communities offer a trial period?
- Why would anybody become a priest nowadays?
- I’m very attracted to women. Will this pass with time and training or will I always be tempted?
- If I request information about joining a religious organisation, will I be pressured into joining?